How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web site hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the ardent clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...